Yesterday’s weights

So, Dan really put me through my paces yesterday! With his fitness instructor qualification, it was really great to train with him for the first time so I could have someone knowledgeable help me work on my form. He’s also given me ways forward to strengthen my upper body so I can actually do push ups (my absolute nemesis). It helped so much having him there showing me correct form and I didn’t lift that much weight-wise but I feel like for the first time I actually utilised the muscles as they are supposed to be.

I’ve also had some tester sachets of scimix protein shakes to try out and I’m officially in love, particularly with the strawberry flavoured one. They’ve brought out a new powder which I can’t remember the name of but it is geared towards muscle definition and toning rather than bulk so I can’t wait to buy a big tub when I can afford it! I recently found out that the company I bought my supposed gold standard powder from is being done for counterfeit products so I can’t help but wonder how beneficial it’ll be once I’m on genuine high quality protein.

Tomorrow I’ll be doing weights again because on Thursday we’ll be back in Wales so I will only be able to do Insanity or running. I’m still buzzing about being able to use weights at home and I’m excited about finally being able to build my upper body like I’ve always wanted to.

Hope everyone’s well and had a good kick-start to their workout week!

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My day in food

Recently I’ve had a few folk show interest in what I eat during the day, mostly because of the limitations I’ve put on my diet. I don’t eat dairy, meat or fish and my priority is to fit as much veg into my meals as I can. So, without further adieu, this is my day in food from last week.

My protein breakfast

A protein-packed breakfast – 1 banana, 1tbsp of protein powder, 1 egg and 1tbsp of peanut butter (no added salt/sugar and organic) fried for about 5 minutes. Coffee with vanilla soy milk and another 1tbsp of protein powder. Before I ate I had about a pint of water.

Mid-morning snack – 1 date, nut and raisin bar.

Quinoa lunch
Lunch – quinoa, mangetout, carrots, apple and pok choi with another pint of water. Quinoa is an awesome powerfood because it has all 9 amino acids.

Mid afternoon Insanity work out – one and a half pints of water followed by a protein shake with 400ml of hazelnut milk.

20130313_192749Tea – a chickpea and mushroom burger, grilled cherry tomatoes, pepper, pok choi and asparagus. Eaten with another pint of water to drink.

Snack before bed – 7 grain nut granola and half a pint of water.

Food breakdown
Portions of fruit and veg consumed – 9 – asparagus, pok choi, tomatoes, banana, date bar, apple, carrot, pepper and mangetout.
Liquid – over 2 litres
Protein – approximately 55grams

And to round off this post, I’ll show you a bad picture of my awesome new tshirt!

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My protein-packed breakfast

protein pancakes

Taking photos of food it definitely a talent I do not have, but I thought I’d share with you guys my quick and easy breakfast that is full of protein.

The protein pancake – it fell apart so today it’s a “scramble” rather than a pancake – is so easy to make and only has 1 egg, 1 banana and 1 tablespoon of peanut butter in. You simply mash the banana, mix the egg in well and then add your favourite nut butter to it. I currently have crunchy PB so instead of making sure it’s thoroughly distributed in the mixture, I leave chunks as though they were like chocolate chips. If you want pancakes as opposed to my messy scrambled look, instead of making one big pancake, make a few small ones.

Now, because I’m thoroughly aching from yesterday’s work out, I needed some extra protein today. So instead of having a protein shake, I got creative and mixed half a scoop into my pancake and half a scoop into my coffee rather than using a little stevia. So as well as having cookie flavoured coffee which was delicious, I got 30g of protein in total this morning and potassium from the banana. It’s such an easy breakfast and satisfies your sweet tooth healthily.

Bon appetite and I hope that my British readers aren’t working on this bank holiday! No rest for the wicked, so I’ll be chained to my desk for the day. 😉

PB + J protein bars

protein bars

Ingredients

1/2 cup Protein powder
1/4 cup Peanut flour (or PB 2) 1
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/4 tsp Salt
2 tbs Applesauce, unsweetened
1/4 cup Skim milk (or milk substitute of choice)
1/4 cup Egg whites (or egg white substitute)
4-5 Packets stevia (or to taste, OR sweetener of choice to taste)
1/4 cup Low sugar/ No sugar added strawberry jelly or jam
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Place all of the ingredients in a bowl, (except for the strawberry jelly), and whisk until everything is well combined. Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Drop jelly over the top of the batter, and swirl into batter.
  • Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until protein bars are set. Cut into 8 bars and enjoy!

Taken from Dashing Dish.

Today is my well-earned day off

Today is my day off from both work and exercising and I’m enjoying it. Since I started my exercise programme, I’ve always been anxious about days off, like not working out doesn’t feel right in my brain. However, I know I’ve worked really hard this past week so my muscles need time to recover.

My muscles are nowhere near as achey today as they were yesterday but I can still feel it, which makes me feel good. I’ve ordered my first protein shake after doing research and ordered this product, which’ll arrive tomorrow.

I bought it in cookies and cream flavour as it was highly recommended in the reviews. I’ll post my opinions on it on first taste tomorrow after weightlifting and how it’s been helping me in the weeks after.

In other news, I’m sick of eating tuna, haha.